Consider joining a Permaculture Design Course in North West Michigan beginning this winter—a 6-month, weekend modular course. Winter is a perfect time for knowledge sharing and gaining deeper understandings/development of new skills. A Permaculture Design Course is specifically designed to assist us in honing and improving our abilities to evaluate landscape and redesign it for a robust and resilient future!
You may not get your hands dirty, until our spring sessions, but those “bootcamp” skills follow a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and will occupy you for the rest of your lives!
Instead in this course, you will learn to see, consider, analyze and design productive landscapes from balconies to large farms and towns. Permaculture uses low technology and high science and the PDC remains solidly based in those tangibles.
“Central to permaculture are the three ethics; earth care, people care and fair shares. They form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies. Ethics are culturally evolved mechanisms that regulate self-interest, giving us a better understanding of good and bad outcomes. The greater power of humans, the more critical ethics become for long-term cultural and biological survival. Permaculture ethics are distilled from research into community ethics, learning from cultures that have existed in relative balance with their environment for much longer than more recent civilizations. This does not mean that we should ignore the great teachings of modern times, but in the transition to a sustainable future,we need to consider values and concepts outside the current social norm.”
~ David Holmgren, on Permaculture Ethics.
This 72-hour course will be taught by professional, certified permaculture educators and permaculture designers, giving students the international qualification presently known as Permaculture Consultant’s Design Course certificate.
A collaborative, certified teaching team will consist of Kate Heibler Cobb, Rhonda Baird and Penny Krebiehl—along with permaculture teachers/presenters: Toby Hemenway, Bridget O’Brien, Levi Meeuwenberg and other local, regional permaculture designers and practitioners.
Course Sections Include:
- Introductions and a Vision of Permaculture in Succession
- Beginning Permaculture
- Ecological Themes
- Designing Productive Landscapes
- Increasing Resilience
- Social Permaculture
- March 19-20
- April 16-17 – Includes evening hours
- May 21-22 – Includes evening hours
- June 18-19
- July 16-17 – Includes evening hours
- August 27-28
Our course’s location will be in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Our classroom venue is currently being decided/planned for, with detailed information and specific location to follow shortly.